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Jags 20th: Taylor breaks out


What he did in the third game of that season served dramatic notice that he wouldn't be a small story very often again during his NFL career.

Taylor, the No. 9 overall selection in the 1998 NFL Draft, had played sparingly in his first two games that season, having failed to impress Jaguars Head Coach Tom Coughlin during training camp or early in the season. There were whispers around town Taylor might be a bust. But all of that was before he came off the bench for an injured James Stewart in a September 20, 1998 home game against the Baltimore Ravens, rushing for 128 yards and catching nine passes for 85 yards in a 24-10 Jaguars victory.

Taylor's day was about more than statistics, and more than a dramatic entrance.

He also showed glimpses of the big-play, game-breaking running back he would be known for throughout his Jaguars career, taking a handoff from quarterback Mark Brunell two plays after entering the game in place of Stewart.

Taylor started left on the play, reversed field, then broke free down the right side of the field for a 52-yard touchdown, the first of 17 touchdowns he scored during a spectacular rookie season. His yardage total that day set a franchise record.

The victory gave the Jaguars a 3-0 record to start the season en route to an 11-5 record and the first of two consecutive AFC Central titles.

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